Sue Dryden

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Sue lives in a rural setting in South East Queensland.

There she has uses old converted stables as a studio from where she overlooks paddocks and trees. It is the quiet peacefulness of this place that Sue works to capture in her paintings — in her landscapes, or as in her last three exhibitions: quiet interiors.

Sue works with the intention of creating spaces where people can find a place to be in, away from the troubles of the world. An interior that might evoke a memory, or act as a symbol of rest and tranquility. A chair has been a recurring theme in both Sue’s landscapes and interiors. The light on sheets, either on a bed with pillows or floating on a line in the breeze, have also been used as imagery or symbols of quiet rest.

Sue has always had one foot in one place and one somewhere else. While Queensland is her base, she also spends time in New Zealand, where she also paints and exhibits.

Sue’s first art teacher was Caroline Barker who gave lessons under her house to the very young enthusiast.

Seven Hills Art College followed school and then, after art teaching in TAFE and high schools, Sue completed an M. Ed. (Guidance and Counselling) and worked as a counsellor and Guidance Officer.

Sue has had solo exhibitions in Brisbane, regional Queensland galleries and in New Zealand. She has had two joint exhibitions in 2021: one in the SPACE Gallery in New Zealand and a recent one at the Royal Queensland Art Society gallery.

Sue has been a finalist in selective competitions including the Lethbridge 10,000, the Brisbane Figurative Competition and the Pattillo Whanganui Arts Review in New Zealand.

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